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Chestnuthill Township holds reorganization meeting

Published January 05. 2012 05:02PM

The slate of Chestnuthill Township supervisors and township appointments for 2012 were announced at Tuesday night's reorganization meeting.

Supervisors are Chuck Gould, chairman; Dave Fleetwood, vice chairman; and Chris Eckert.

Township manager is David Albright. Secretary/treasurer/office manager/open records officer is Cathy Martinelli. Merton Whitney is roadmaster.

The CPA/Firm to audit 2011 books is Riley and Company and the CPA Consulting Firm is Zelenkofske Axelrod.

The following were unanimously approved for one-year term appointments:

Sewage Enforcement Officer: H.M. Beers, Inc.

Attorney for SEO: Todd Weitzmann of Scanlon, Lewis and Williamson

Alternate Sewage Enforcement Officer: Jeryl Reinhart

Soil scientist: Mark Mills of Soils Resource Limited

SEO secretary: Andrea Kennedy

Township engineer: Reilly Associates, Chris McDermott

Alternate township engineer: Keystone Engineering, Eric Snyder

Township solicitor: Joseph McDonald Jr.

Earned Income Tax collector: Monroe County Tax Collection Committee (Berkheimer)

Earned Income Tax liaison: Cathy A. Martinelli; alternate, David Albright

Comptroller: Rusty Lotruglio

Vacancy Board: Board of Supervisors and Kim Lutz

Zoning and codes officer: Walter Hansen

Building code inspector: Lehigh Valley Inspection Service

Solicitor to the Building Codes Board of Appeals: Todd Weitzmann of Scanlon, Lewis and Williamson

Attorney for the zoning officer: H. Clark Connor

Zoning hearing board attorney: Jerry Hanna

Solicitor to the planning commission: Tim McManus of Cramer, Swetz & McManus

Secretary to planning commission: Cathy Martinelli

Special council for bargaining agreements: Mike Carr of Stevens and Lee Law Firm

Special council for insurance consulting: Michael Collins, Esq.

Other appointments are:

Emergency management coordinator: Don Zipp

Deputy emergency management coordinator: John Murray

Deputy emergency management coordinator: Chris Eckert

Operations section chief: Eric Hoffman

Planning section chief: Lisa Hoffman

Planning section: John Burrus

Logistics section chief: Nick Caprioli

Finance/administration section: Cathy Martinelli

Public relations: David Albright

Public works: Merton Whitney

Emergency support function: Ronald Eick (new appointment)

Fire marshal: Chris Eckert

Supervisors voting delegate: Chris Eckert

Historical society liaison: Dave Fleetwood

Agriculture Area Advisory Committee: Chuck Gould, Dave Fleetwood, Mark Heckman, William Altemose and Robert G. Gould

Zoning hearing board (5-year term): Frank Wernet, Dave Gordon, Charles Bubar, Robert Baker alternate.

Planning commission (4-year term): Sherry Harding and Robert Kutzler

West End Park & Open Space Commission: Dave Fleetwood (3-year term) and June Parker to fill Leigh Kane's unexpired term until Dec. 31, 2012.

CJER Regional Planning Commission (1-year term): Chuck Gould, Nick Caprioli. Dave Fleetwood, alternate.

Building Code Board of Appeals: Douglas Atherton, 1-year term

Union employees' vacation time/sick time, union employees holidays and union employees' wages are as per union contract.

Union employees' mileage reimbursement is per union contract. Non-union employees 2012 IRS rate of mileage reimbursement is 55.5 cents per mile.

The following township employees received wage increases:

Roadmaster Merton Whitney, $1.20; administrative assistant, Andrea Kennedy, 72 cents; comptroller, Rusty Lotruglio 94 cents; zoning and codes officer, Walter Hansen, 94 cents.

Non-union department head employees received a 4 percent raise. That would include David Albright ($1.29), Cathy Martinelli ($1.29) and Merton Whitney ($1.20.)

Board meetings will be held the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 7 p.m. Plans will be reviewed at the first meeting of each month.

Monday mornings there will be department head meetings at 7:15 a.m. and work sessions at 7:30 a.m.

Authorization was given to Cathy Martinelli to pay bills on due dates to avoid late charges, along with payroll.

Resident Leon Clark wanted it noted that he believed it was a conflict of interest for there to be duplicate appointments and was concerned about the union raises given "since inflation is relatively nil."

Resident Stuart Thoady asked if there was going to be any money in escrow in the budget to be used toward a township anniversary celebration. Cathy Martinelli responded that they didn't know yet and Supervisor Chairman Chuck Gould said he thought there would be something there for it.

Dave Fleetwood thanked the township staff for their hard-work, the public for their comments and suggestions, and the volunteers for their time, "especially during the hurricane. A lot of folks helped us at their own expense, over the last year."

"I would like to echo Dave's comments," Chris Eckert said, "and I applaud the staff for the grants we were able to obtain. It's a great accomplishment."

Chairman Gould said he also echoed Fleetwood's and Eckert's comments.

"I thank the public for showing up and bringing your concerns. We respect your input. We look at everything you bring us."

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